Former Clueless star Alicia Silverstone is among the new cast for the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. Instead of playing an airhead teenager, Silverstone will be playing the role of mom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will be joined by Tom Everett Scott, who will play her husband Frank.
Alicia Silverstone is best known for her role as Cher in the her breakout comedy Clueless (1995) and for playing Batgirl in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin (1997). She also voiced the character Sharon Spitz for the animated TV series Braceface (2001-2003), starred as the lead in the short-lived ABC sitcom Miss Match (2003), appeared in the TV series The Singles Table (2007), was reunited with her Clueless co-star Jeremy Sisto in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory (2012). Scott’s credits include Mars Needs Moms (2011) and Parental Guidance (2012).
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be the fourth movie in the series based on the best-selling books by Jeff Kinney. The first Wimpy Kid movie came out in 2010 and raked in $75.7 million worldwide. The orginal trilogy brought in a total of $225.5 million. They starred Zachary Gordon as Greg and Robert Capron as his best friend, Rowley Jefferson. The pair played the roles two more times for Rodrick Rules (2011) and Dog Days (2012), but it soon became apparent that the two had outgrown their parts to be featured in any future Wimpy Kid films.
Since playing the Wimpy Kid, Zachary Gordon has found steady work, including appearing in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), voicing the role of Gil for the animated Bubble Guppies (2011-2014) TV series, and appearing in numerous episodes of the ABC comedy, Last Man Standing (2014). Now 18-years-old, he is currently starring in Freeform’s horror series, Dead of Summer. No longer Rowley, Robert Capron has also done voice work Disney’s Frankenweenie movie (2012), appeared in The Way, Way Back (2013), and numerous episodes of CBS’ Elementary TV series (2014-2016).
While some may say that the new movie is a reboot, it is actually just another chapter in the series. The new Wimpy Kid movie will be directed by David Bowers, who also directed the last two films, but he might be the only carry over from the first three movies. Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos star as Greg and Rowley respectively. Silverstone and Scott replace the roles originally played by Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn. And Greg is getting a new big brother as well. Charlie Wright plays the new Rodrick, previously played by Devon Bostick.
Wright’s first acting role was for the CBS sitcom The Millers. As for Drucker and Asztalos, the former starred in Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way, and the film Barely Lethal, while the latter appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, which debuted in Cannes Film Festival last May.
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In this new adventure, Greg somehow convinces his family to go on a summer road trip to attend his “Meemaw’s” 90th birthday celebration while secretly hoping to attend the gamer convention held nearby. As always, comedy and hi-jinks will ensue.
Jeff Kinney’s first Wimpy Kid book hit store shelves in 2007, and it shared the trials and tribulations told from Greg Heffley’s point of view, along with some humorous illustrations. It was an instant hit. Since then, Kinney has written nine follow up books with the 10th, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, selling more than 1 million copies during the first week. Double Down, the 11th book in the series, will debut this November.
My mom told my brother to keep a daily journal over the summer and all he did was copy “Diary of a wimpy kid”???????????? pic.twitter.com/s3XMnOBM2x
— Shinya Kondo (@kondo_shinya) August 10, 2016
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